Learning Abroad Center
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Business in Barcelona

Europe

Enroll in business and non-business courses in addition to an optional internship experience while living in Barcelona. Integrate with Spanish people and Catalan culture, relax in beautiful city parks, cheer on FC Barcelona, and delight in Gaudí's and Dalí's art and architecture.

Program Details

Location
Barcelona, Spain
Term
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Summer Session
Housing
Apartment
Homestay
Credit Type
Resident Credit
Sponsor
Carlson School of Management

Program Eligibility

GPA
2.5 (2.8 minimum required for internships)
Student Type
UofM Students
Student Year
Sophomores
Juniors
Seniors
Language Prerequisite
No Language Prerequisite

About

Live and study in the international city of Barcelona. Explore Catalan and Spanish working life through an English or Spanish-speaking internship while taking a mix of business and non-business courses. Begin the day with a papaya smoothie in Barcelona’s biggest food market, La Boqueria; climb to the top of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia; delight in Gaudí's art; relax in a beautiful city park; cheer on FC Barcelona among 100,000 screaming fútbol fans; and gaze into the glistening Mediterranean Sea. Get ready to live like a Barcelonés! The internship experience is the strength of the program which allows you to integrate with Spanish people, experience the culture firsthand, and gain professional work experience. Take optional courses at the local university.

For help deciding between Spanish language options, consult the Spanish Language Programs Comparison Chart (PDF).

Housing & Meals

You can choose between two different housing options: an apartment with other American students or a homestay with a Spanish family.

  • Apartment - Between 5 and 7 students usually share apartments, which include single or double bedrooms, bathrooms, and laundry. Meals are not included, but each apartment has a full kitchen.
  • Homestay - If you choose the homestay option, you will have your own room. Breakfast and dinner are included during the week; you are responsible for lunch every day and all meals on weekends.

Application Deadline

Spring: October 15
Summer: March 1
Fall: May 1

Program Dates

Vary by term. Visit the Carlson Global Institute Business in Barcelona webpage for more information.

Academics

Students on the Business in Barcelona program have the option to take business courses, non-business courses, and a credit-bearing internship. The following business courses are offered:

International Finance - 3 UMN credits

Approved for FINA 4622, IB Foundations course, & Writing Intensive

Marketing & Distribution Channels - 3 UMN credits

Approved for MKTG 4060

Transportation & Logistics Management - 3 UMN credits

Approved for SCO 3048

Global Marketing - 3 UMN credits

Approved for a MTKG elective & IB Foundations course

Intercultural Management - 3 UMN credits

Approved for IB Foundations course

To see a full list of courses (including non-business courses) visit the Study & Intern in Barcelona webpage.

The Centres for Academic Programmes Abroad (CAPA) provides housing, program classrooms and study areas. CAPA also arranges on-site orientation and program excursions, as well as social and cultural events. Classes are taught by Spanish and European faculty who are specialists in their academic field and in the field of teaching foreign students.

Excursions

Guided academic activities and tours in and near Barcelona, as well as networking events with European and other international students, are included in the program fee.

Students can also take advantage of My Global City events, a calendar of events centered around key themes that provides students a tool to help personalize their experience in Barcelona.

More Information

Visit the Carlson Global Institute Business in Barcelona webpage for more information.

Program Fee

University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee instead of on-campus tuition and fees for the term they are abroad.

If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

Billing & Payments

Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

Bridging Loan

Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

Cancellation Policy

Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.

Fall 2021—University Study

Business in Barcelona: University Study

Apartment 1—Apartment

Fall Semester 2021

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $14,199
International health insurance $200
Housing and/or meals $3,811
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $18,610
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $17,610

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents $235
Travel clinic/immunizationsVisit your travel clinic and consult with your insurance provider. Costs vary. See note below* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,885
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $500
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee $2,570
Essential daily living expensesincludes cost of required cell phone $1,200
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $4,270

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $23,765
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,200
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Fall 2021—Study Center

Business in Barcelona: Study Center

Apartment 1—Apartment

Fall Semester 2021

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $14,311
International health insurance $200
Housing and/or meals $3,849
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $18,760
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $17,760

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents $235
Travel clinic/immunizationsVisit your travel clinic and consult with your insurance provider. Costs vary. See note below* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,885
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $500
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee $2,570
Essential daily living expensesincludes cost of required cell phone $1,200
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $4,270

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $23,915
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,200
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Fall 2021—University Study & Study Center

Business in Barcelona: University Study and Study Center

Apartment 1—Apartment

Fall Semester 2021

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $14,911
International health insurance $200
Housing and/or meals $4,049
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $19,560
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $18,560

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents $235
Travel clinic/immunizationsVisit your travel clinic and consult with your insurance provider. Costs vary. See note below* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,885
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $500
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee $2,570
Essential daily living expensesincludes cost of required cell phone $1,200
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $4,270

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $24,715
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,200
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Apply

You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

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Visit the Applications and Admissions section of the Carlson Global Institute website

Visa

Passport

You must obtain a passport to enter Spain. Your passport must be valid for at least seven months after your return to the US. US citizens spending fewer than 90 days in Europe will only need a passport. A Spanish tourist visa, which is valid for 90 days, is automatically issued to all US citizens who enter Spain. If you have not already obtained your passport, see Passports for more information.

Visa

US citizens participating on the Study & Intern in Barcelona program for a semester or year, or US citizens staying in Spain for more than 90 days, must obtain a student visa. US citizens participating in the Summer session do not need a visa. Non-US citizens should check with the Spanish embassy to determine any special regulations pertaining entry into Spain at any time.

Remember to read all information that you receive regarding student visas carefully. Requirements could change at any time and vary from consulate to consulate.

University of Minnesota Visa Service

The Spanish consulate in Chicago has graciously granted the University of Minnesota the ability to both drop off Spanish student visa applications and pick up the completed student visas on behalf of students studying abroad in Barcelona who also live within the Consulate of Spain in Chicago jurisdiction: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

This is an optional service, and is only available to students on the Barcelona program. Each student MUST inform the Learning Abroad Center of their plans for obtaining the student visa whether they chose to use this service or not.

Using the Visa Service
  • If you use the visa service, a $75 fee will be assessed to your University of Minnesota account. This fee will not be listed separately on your student account. It will be added to the overall program fee.
  • The deadline to use this service is either slightly before or after the application deadline. To use the service, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities students must attend an appointment with the Spanish visa adviser to drop of visa application materials before the deadline.
  • If you live outside of the Twin Cities area, you must set up a phone meeting with Amy Garwood-Díaz or the student visa specialist prior to sending in your visa application materials via FedEx.
  • Only complete visa applications will be accepted. If you fail to include one or more of the necessary pieces to receive your visa when you present your visa application to the Learning Abroad Center, you will have to return at a later time with your complete visa application. 
  • If you live outside of the state of Minnesota, completed visas can be returned to the student via Fed Ex once picked up from the Chicago Spanish Consulate by the UofM.
Not Using the Visa Service
  • CAPA will provide instructions for applying for the National Visa once you are accepted to the program. You will need to apply for the visa *in-person* at the Consulate in your jurisdiction. The in-person consulate appointment is required no earlier than 90 days and no later than 4 weeks prior to program start date. Student’s are *ONLY* eligible to apply to the consulate with jurisdiction over the state where they are from or the state in which their school is located. Click here to find your Consulate. Each consulate will require slightly different supporting documents. Students should refer to the consulate’s website. Visa Application Procedure:

Visa Application Requirements

To date, the following items are required to apply for a student visa through the Chicago consulate. If you are applying through a different consulate, requirements may differ. 

  • Two copies of signed and completed National application—the Step-by-Step Instructions will assist you in completing the visa application
  • Original, signed passport
  • Money Order for $160 payable to the Consulate of Spain. This can be purchased at a Post Office or bank. You must pay with a debit card or cash. More information can be found at USPS—Money Orders.
  • Two photocopies of the information and photo page of your passport
  • Two photocopies of US driver's license, US state ID or voter registration card
  • Two US passport-style photos, white background, 2x2", glued to the upper right hand corner of the National application and copy
  • Letter of acceptance—this serves as proof of admission, medical insurance, & financial means (Provided by the Learning Abroad Center to all students, regardless if you are using our visa service or not.)
  • Acknowledgement Letter - (Provided by the Learning Abroad Center to all students)
  • If you are using the Learning Abroad Center visa service, you will also need a notarized letter granting the University of Minnesota permission to pick up and drop off your visa materials (use template provided). Do NOT sign the letter before meeting with the notary public.

Academic Year students (students going for more than one semester) must also provide the following:

  • Medical Statement: A doctor’s recent statement, on doctor's or medical center's letterhead, indicating that the student has been examined and found to be free of communicable diseases and in good physical and mental health to travel and study abroad (make your appointment early.)
  • Background Check
    • The Spanish consualte allows students to obtain State background checks, which are generally easier to obtain. Students from Minnesota can obtain their background check from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. In addition to this background check, students will have to obtain an Apostille from the Secretary of State's office to verify its authenticity.
    • Students can obtain an FBI background check, though it is not recommended because it may take between 3 to 8 weeks to receive.

Step-by-Step Instructions to complete the Application for a National Visa

  1. Last name.
  2. If you have changed your last name (through marriage for example), former last name.
  3. First and middle names.
  4. Date of birth (day-month-year).
  5. Place of birth.
  6. Country where you were born.
  7. Your nationality. (If you were born in the US, put US). If you have not always been a US citizen indicate your nationality at birth.
  8. Gender.
  9. Marital status.
  10. This section is not applicable. Leave blank.
  11. This section is not applicable. Leave blank.
  12. Type of travel document. Check 'Ordinary Passport'.
  13. Passport number.
  14. Date your passport was issued (day-month-year). This date is listed in your passport.
  15. Date that your passport expires as listed in your passport (day-month-year). This date must be at least one year from the date the visa application will be submitted to the consulate. 
  16. Enter US Department of State or the passport agency that issued your passport (NOT where you applied).
  17. Write your permanent address, email address, and phone number.
  18. Check 'No'. Check 'Yes' if you are not from the US but reside in the US.
  19. STUDENT.
  20. Main purpose of the journey: Check 'Studies'.
  21. Provide your intended date of arrival in Spain (day-month-year). You may estimate your arrival date if you have not purchased a flight at the time of application for the visa.
  22. Check 'More Than Two'.
  23. Address and contact in Barcelona coming soon
  24. Complete only if you have previously received a Spanish student visa.
  25. Complete only if you have previously received a Spanish student visa.
  26. This section is not applicable. Leave blank.
  27. This section is not applicable. Leave blank.
  28. Data of the educational establishment or research centre in case of applying for a student or research visa
    1. Name of the educational establishment or research centre~ Address and contact in Barcelona coming soon
    2. Postal address of educational establishment or research centre~ Address and contact in Barcelona coming soon
    3. Telephone number of educational establishment or research centre~ Address and contact in Barcelona coming soon
    4. Email of educational establishment or research centre~ Address and contact in Barcelona coming soon
    5. Intended starting date for studies or research~ provide the start date of the Barcelona program (day-month-year)
    6. Intended finishing date for studies or research~ provide the end date of the Barcelona program (day-month-year)
    7. The remainder of this section is not applicable to you.
  29. Current address and today's date (day-month-year).
  30. Your signature.